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Old 10-06-2016, 10:02 PM   #3406
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Since you last posted in May of 2015? Whew, ah, let's see... well from a purely selfish standpoint, I:

--Won the Cellar Fantasty Football League for the first time since its inception 10 years ago
--Got an agent and sold my book
--Did some NPR interviews and tried not to sound like an idiot
--Let my adult stepdaughter move in with us while she overcomes 18 years of emotional abuse and learns some major life skills on the fly
--100% taught said stepdaughter to drive
--Became inordinately interested in self-driving cars
--Maybe sold a second book, my editor still has another 5 days to respondbeforethedeadlineandIcan'tbreathe*cough*
--Took the kids to DisneyWorld for the first time
--Did some laundry

How about you, hp? What you been up to?
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Old 10-06-2016, 10:02 PM   #3407
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Hey man. You missed the maturation of the cellar as a whole.

We're like an old married couple now.
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Old 10-06-2016, 10:33 PM   #3408
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*cough*
Sounds like you've been killing it, Clod! Way to exist.

Also from a selfish standpoint:

--I've mostly been writing. I won a Sydney award from the NYT and a Golden Giraffe from The Browser, those felt nice.
--I've learned how to narrate (largely by leveraging home-grown technology), so I've been reading my own podcast episodes. I've also been making the music for them, which is fun.
--I've been approached about hosting history-oriented television shows, but I'm not as good in front of the camera as our belumbered lumberjim.
--I've been approached by Hollywood producers who want to make movies from my articles, but I declined to let them own my soul, so they seem to be just side-stepping me.
--I got to attend a test of NASA's SLS system with a bunch of astronauts and NASA execs. That was neato torpedo.

That's all I can think of right now. I watched "Life Itself" today, the documentary about Roger Ebert, and it was great, but hard to watch, and it put me in a bit of a funk. I've long been fond of Ebert, and I was flattered when he linked to my works on a couple of occasions, so I was extra sad when he passed. So that's given my day an odd shape.

I keep thinking I need to start hanging out here again, but the up-catching is a daunting task.
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Old 10-06-2016, 11:17 PM   #3409
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Are your podcast episodes just read-aloud versions of your damn interesting articles, or are you hosting discussions with guests about your pieces?
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Old 10-07-2016, 12:29 AM   #3410
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Upcatching schmupcatching. Just tail post until you start to make sense.

I'm glad you're having a damn interesting life, brother.
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Old 10-07-2016, 06:08 AM   #3411
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Hey man. You missed the maturation of the cellar as a whole.

We're like an old married couple now.
Why do you embarrass us every time we have people over?
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:05 AM   #3412
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Hey man. You missed the maturation of the cellar as a whole.

We're like an old married couple now.
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Why do you embarrass us every time we have people over?
Do you see? This is why we can't have nice dwellars.
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Old 10-07-2016, 09:57 AM   #3413
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Are your podcast episodes just read-aloud versions of your damn interesting articles, or are you hosting discussions with guests about your pieces?
So far only the former; a narrator (sometimes me) reads the article, and then I adorn it with music and sound effects. I've tried to tinker with the latter, but people have proven surprisingly squirrely. I have found people associated with topics that might have interesting things to say, and some have agreed to chat, but then I can never get them to commit to a time and place.

I suspect that it's due in part to my severe introversion subconsciously protecting itself. But I have a good interview recording setup ready, just in case.

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Tail-nouning is your answer to all of life's problems, isn't it?
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:14 AM   #3414
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Well if you need anything, Clod does professional voice work, and I do semi-pro (which means I got paid for it once) (and my best friend is an audio engineer with a vocal booth and several expen$ive mics)

I actually have a background in semi-pro broadcasting (I ran my college's radio station) and secretly, desperately, want to do a regular show.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:32 AM   #3415
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Why do you embarrass us every time we have people over?
Did you say something? I can't hear you.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:33 AM   #3416
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I actually have a background in semi-pro broadcasting (I ran my college's radio station) and secretly, desperately, want to do a regular show.
My buddy has a regular radio show on the local independent community radio station in Arlington VA. Low power broadcast and internet streaming. There's got to be something like that near you.

A quick search turned up WPPM in Philly that is putting together community radio shows. As of July, they were still looking for talent.
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Old 10-07-2016, 11:56 AM   #3417
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Well if you need anything, Clod does professional voice work, and I do semi-pro (which means I got paid for it once) (and my best friend is an audio engineer with a vocal booth and several expen$ive mics)
I have a pretty good setup nowadays, though it doesn't look like much. I invested in a nice mic, and I tacked soundproofing pads all over the inside of an underutilized closet, and it acts as a serviceable one-man recording booth.

The main thing I struggle with is eliminating wet mouth noise. The only thing I've found that helps is to munch on apple slices between takes. That's part of why I haven't done any discussion-style episodes--munching apples on-mic is off-putting, but without them my voice can sound like a cat trying to escape a bucket full of gelatin dessert.

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I actually have a background in semi-pro broadcasting (I ran my college's radio station) and secretly, desperately, want to do a regular show.
If I may ask--and I ask out of genuine curiosity, not in a lazy attempt to be inspirational--why not just start a podcast? Is it lack of time, resources, ideas, motivation, interest, other?

If you have any technical questions about podcasting I can attempt to be helpful (though I have already derailed this thread pretty horribly, so elsewhere might be better). If it's just that you prefer broadcast radio over podcasting, I would say words to urge you to let go of the past and embrace the new.

If it's a shortage of ideas or material, I may also be able to be helpful since I have a surplus of both. But I also understand the human drive to pursue one's own ideas rather than another's.
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Old 10-07-2016, 12:29 PM   #3418
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(ETA: I would never work in the broadcast industry, or anywhere close to it, again. Famous Last Words. But in fact Comcast tried to recruit me a few months ago*. I ate their liver with some fava beans.)

On these kinds of things, I think I'm actually just waiting for inspiration. I did a single ep "Pawncasters" with my pawn shop co-worker when I was at the shop, and it was just so perfect and so right. Had tremendous topics, humor, and a dynamic between the two of us. I believe it would have become popular. I haven't seen something like that again. It's like a vision. If I ever see it I'ma jump on it though.

Despite being socially retarded, I don't believe in doing a show alone. It's just not all that interesting.

There are only a few podcasters in this world who can pull off a weekly show of a single person, just talking. After a few minutes, a single voice is just not that interesting. You need another point of view, or something to reflect off of. A tinge of drama always helps.

Mike Rowe is doing a Paul Harvey "The rest of the story" style thing, but that's only about 8 minutes at a time. Plus, it's Mike Rowe. Congenial, intelligent, a great radio voice, I would listen to him read the dictionary.

This gent Mike Carano does it alone, in a weird stream-of-consciousness thought stream, and I enjoy listening to him from time to time, but I wouldn't copy that format.



*an indirect recruiter, for an uninteresting position in their advertising division (which is the only division I won't ever consider, Comcast)
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Old 10-07-2016, 01:40 PM   #3419
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Just listened to a "The Way I Heard It", Mike Rowe's "Rest Of The Story"-type thing. Very Paul Harvey-ish.

I liked it.
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